Category: Pony Express Country

Pony Express Country

Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site

Pony Express riders and hundreds of pioneers made a stop at historic Hollenberg Station. In 1857 Gerat H. and Sophia Hollenberg established the station on the Oregon-California Trail, and from 1860 to 1861 they operated a Pony Express station. Discover the stories of the Hollenbergs, pioneer life, and the Pony Express at this National Historic Landmark. The site is surrounded by a 7-acre State Park offering a Nature trail connecting the visitor center and the historic station and featuring a garden with native plants and grasses. A picnic area is located nearby the grove of trees, and there is a museum store with gifts and souvenirs related to Hollenberg Pony Express Station.

Washington County State Lake

Washington State Lake is Located 7 miles North and 3 miles West of Washington. The 111-acre lake is surrounded by 352 acres of public hunting land which harbors quail, pheasant, doves, squirrels, rabbits, white-tailed deer, beaver, muskrats, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and numerous nongame birds and animals. Migrating waterfowl are observed in the spring and fall. You will find this a quiet, beautiful spot to picnic, camp, fish, or hunt.

LCL Buffalo Ranch and Museum

Over 200 head of buffalo roam the pastures throughout three counties on the ranch owned by Lester C. Lawrence. A portion of the herd may be seen along K-9, north Clifton, where the ranch headquarters is located.

An antique equipment and memorabilia museum at the ranch headquarters is open year round by appointment. Lester’s private collecton of bronze statues, buffalo skins and mounted buffalo heads are also available for viewing.rn

Spring Creek Golf Course & Estates

After several years of planning and fund raising, Seneca, KS now has a new 18-hole golf course around a 55-unit housing subdivision. Construction began July 2004 with the original seeding taken place in the Spring of 2005.

The Course 6,488 yards long, with rolling terrain, a creek running through it, three dams and three ponds. The course was designed by Chuck Ermisch, owner of Chuck Ermisch Golf Design, LLC of Shawnee, Kanasas, featuring 4 holes on the front nine with water hazards and the back nine featuring trees and narrow fairways.

Spring Creek Golf Course allows you to enjoy all the amenities of a professional grade course on our Par 71, public golf course. The course encourages outings and tournaments of all sizes and features 9-hole and 18-hole games, motorized cart rentals, a practice green, driving range, and snack shop. Join a men’s or women’s league or take advantage of professional lessons to take your game to the next level. Browse the expansive pro shop (men’s & women’s apparel) and get the equipment (club rental) and accessories you need to enjoy an afternoon game or lifetime of fun. Junior club rentals are available!

Seneca’s Lost Keg of Gold

The Treasure:

rn$50,000 in raw gold dust and nuggets.

rnHow to find it:

rnGet old topographic maps of the area and plot exactly where the old river ford was in 1854. Grid it off and search the entire area with a good, deep-seeking metal detector.

The Seneca Chamber of Commerce and the Seneca Library are very helpful in providing information about the area and the lost treasure. To reach the site, take I-75 north from Topeka through the Pottawatomie Indian Reservation to Fairview, KS. From there take State road 36 west to Seneca.rn